Minor League Report. Charleston throws no-hitter.

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AAA: SWB (63-58) lost 7-4 in 10 innings. LF Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits. 3B/SS Gio Urshela 3 hits, 2 doubles and a triple, RBI. RF Zack Zehner 2 hits. C Wilkin Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Adams 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 4 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.98
Tarpley 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.  2.28
Coshow (L, 1-4, 5.04) 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton (65-56) lost 3-2. RF Jhalen Jackson solo HR.

Nick Green (L, 0-1, 3.60) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.42
Hodson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.  9.00
Sosebee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.38

First AA game for Green, who was 7-5, 3.28 at High A Tampa.

High A: Tampa (59-64) scored 2 in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to win 10-6. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, 3 RBI. LF Dom Thompson-Williams 3 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 2 RBI.

Lehnen 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.84
Kamplain 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.79
Zurak (BS, 2; W, 1-2, 6.55) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Harris (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.31

Low A: Charleston (56-63) won 7-1, throwing a combined no-hitter.   2 hits SS Oswaldo Cabrera. 2 hits 2B Wilkerman Garcia. C Eduardo Navas solo HR. RF Frederick Cuevas Grand Slam.

Junk (W, 6-4, 3.72) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K
DeCarr (H, 3 ) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.38
Alvarez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.46

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Game 121. Tampa Tames Tanaka. Yanks bats quiet again in 3-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka struggled in the first inning, giving up 2 runs and almost a third, and it was enough for Tampa Bay to beat the Yanks, 3-1 on Thursday afternoon.

For the second straight game, the Yanks’ bats only scored 1 run. The loss drops the 75-46 Yankees 10 1/2 back of Boston, and with only 41 games to go, it is becoming more and more apparent that the Yanks won’t win the division, but will have to settle for the wild card.

Tampa scored a run in the top of the eighth on a squeeze bunt (you don’t see those much anymore).

The Yanks got their only run in the bottom of the eighth when with one out, Romine singled and was forced by Hicks. An error by the Rays in attempting to complete the DP enabled Hicks to go to second. Stanton doubled him home on a ball originally called a HR but correctly challenged and changed to a double.

The Yanks have been terrible this year with the bases loaded and that fault helped cost them the game in the bottom of the ninth. Down 3-1 they loaded the bases with no one out when Didi and Torres singled, and Neil Walker walked. But Bird popped up, and Gardner and Romine each struck out.

The Yanks struck out 11x in the game.

Stanton 2 hits, both doubles, RBI.

Kahnle was brought up to replace Cessa.

Tanaka (L, 9-4, 4.03) 6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.50 (Balt/NYY)
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.17
Kahnle 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.73

 

 

Minor League Report. Sheffield roughed up.

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AAA: SWB (63-57) split a DH.

Reg. Sched. Game: Lost 7-3. Justus Sheffield roughed up, knocked out in the second inning. 1B Luke Voit 2 hits, RBI. RF Zack Zehner solo HR. SWB pitchers walked 12.

Sheffield (L, 5-4, 2.57) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 5 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K.  2.83
Espinal 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K.  3.38
J. Harvey 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  1.72

Makeup of 8/13 rainout: Won 3-1. LF Tyler Wade 2 hits, solo HR. 2 hits, C Wilkin Castillo.

Cortes (W, 6-5, 3.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.

AA: Trenton (65-55) lost 6-5. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI. SS Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI.

Stephan 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K.  5.37  1 HBP
Lane 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  6.57  2 HBP
Frawley (L, 1-1, 2.57) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Diehl 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.72

High A: Tampa (58-64) lost 6-4. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. RF Dom Thompson-Williams HR, 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2B Hoy Jun Park. 2 hits 3B Angel Aguilar.

Deivi Garcia 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K.  1.62
Morris (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.56  Gave up 1 HR
Weissert (L, 1-2, 5.09) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.

Low A: Charleston (55-63) won 4-3. 3B David Metzgar 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI.

Yajure 4 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K.  3.04
Ramos (W, 7-2, 3.53) 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K.
C. Espinal (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.84

The Yanks DFA’d George Kontos in order to bring up Cessa for last night, then after the game sent Cessa back to AAA.

Game 120. Yanks fall, 6-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry if some people are offended, but I am not a fan of Luis Cessa.

Now the Yanks only scored 1 run tonight, on a HR (19) by Miguel Andujar in the second inning. The Yanks only got 5 hits all night, 2 by Andujar.

I’ve seen enough of Cessa, 26, RHP, to believe that he’ll never be more than a journeyman pitcher. After tonight’s loss, Cessa is 1-3, 5.60 for the season, and in 36 games for the Yankees, 2016 until now, he has 18 starts, 18 relief appearances. 36 games. 5-10, 4.71.

Sorry, Cessa fans, I just don’t see anything there. He gave up a run in the second, and after Andujar tied the game with his HR, Cessa gave up 2 in the third and then a 2-run HR in the fourth.

I really can’t see the Yanks justifying throwing him out there again and not giving a kid like Sheffield or Adams a shot. Heck, I liked Loaisiga better. (To be fair, Sheffield pitched tonight and was lousy. See the minor league report, coming tomorrow).

Prediction: (Sorry again, Cessa fans). Cessa is included in a deal. Maybe this offseason, but there are arms on the way and he will soon be passed over on the depth chart. Cessa reminds me of a Jeff Karstens type.

Boston lost, so the 75-45 Yanks stay 10 back.

Andujar 2 hits, double and solo HR.

Cessa (L, 1-3, 5.60) 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.31
Gray 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K.   5.43
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.84

 

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (62-56) won a rain-shortened game, 7-3. The game was called with no out in the bottom of the fifth, after SWB scored seven runs that inning. The other game, a makeup of the 8/13 rainout, was ppd. because of rain.

RF Ryan McBroom 2 RBI. 1B Mike Ford 2 for 2, HR, 3 RBI. DH Luke Voit 2 hits. C Wilkin Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Swanson (W, 2-2, 4.50) 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.

AA:  Trenton (65-54) scored a run in the top of the 10th, but gave up four in the bottom half of the inning to lose 5-2. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, RBI.

Bollinger 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K.  3.84
Sosebee (BS, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.49
Wivinis (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 7.04) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 3-run walkoff HR.

High A:   Tampa (58-63) lost 6-1, getting just four hits.

Nelson (L, 6-5, 3.51) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.34
Bristo 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Low A: Charleston off.

Game 119. “Happ”y Days are here again. Yanks win 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Early returns on Zach Britton have been disappointing, but not so with Lance Lynn or J.A. Happ.

Happ tossed seven one-hit, shutout innings as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-1 Tuesday night to up their record to 75-44.

Boston won again, so the deficit remains at 10.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Stanton, error on a pickoff attempt, and bloop single by Hicks.

Austin Romine hit a 2-run HR (8) in the fifth that he sliced just inside the RF foul pole.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR in the top of the eighth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1, but in the bottom of the eighth, with two out, Andujar and Bird hit back-to-back doubles to make it 4-1, PR Shane Robinson scoring.

Andujar was removed for defense, as manager Aaron Boone moved RF Neil Walker to 3B to replace Andujar, and Shane Robinson went to RF, replacing Walker.

Much is being made of Andujar’s defense, and yes there is room for improvement, but by way of comparison, Andujar has made 12 errors. In 1964, rookie 3B Dick Allen of the Phillies made 41. Wow.

Andujar 2 hits, both doubles.
Romine 2-run HR.

Happ (W, 13-6, 3.86) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. (Tor/NYY; as NYY 3-0, 1.89)
Betances (H, 18) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.32
Chapman (S, 31) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.11

Don’t look now, but Oakland is just 1 game behind Houston in the AL West. Can you imagine if the A’s pass them and the one-game wild card game is Houston at the Yankees. (Shuddering).

Infielder John Kennedy, who was with the Yankees in 1967, passed away August 9 at the age of 77. Kennedy happened to be born on the same day, May 29, as President John F. Kennedy, but 24 years later, in a strange coincidence. Kennedy even started his career under JFK’s presidency, and in Washington, D.C. too.

Kennedy played for Washington (1962-1964), the Dodgers (1965-1966), Yankees (1967), Seattle Pilots (1969) , Milwaukee Brewers (1970) and Boston Red Sox (1970-1974). He was on the Dodgers’ 1965 WS Champion and 1966 NL Champion teams.

Mostly used as a defensive specialist, Kennedy played in 104 games for the 1965 Dodgers but only had 104 AB, hitting .171-1-5. He got more AB in 1966, hitting .201-3-24.

With the 1967 Yankees, he hit .196-1-17 in 78 games, 179 AB. He played 3B, SS and 2B in his MLB career, and even one game at 1B.

His 162 game average was .225-6-35, OPS+ 70. Good field/no hit. In the postseason (1965 and 1966 WS) he got into 6 games, going 1 for 6.

 

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB rained out. We’ve had a ton of rain in the Northeast. My basement is taking on as much water as the Titanic, it seems.

AA: Trenton off.

HIgh A: Tampa (58-62) lost 7-6 in 10 innings. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 hits. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI. CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. 1B Steven Sensley solo HR.

R. Garcia 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.09
Ort 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  gave up 1 HR.  6.00
Zurak (L, 0-2, 4.82) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Low A: Charleston (54-63) lost 4-3. DH Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. Charleston got only 3 hits. Up 3-1 going into the top of the 8th, they gave up 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to lose the game.

Martinez 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 5 K.  2.70
Vargas 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.27
Higgins (BS, 3; L, 5-4, 2.47) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR.